The M.A. in French at Tulane is designed primarily as preparation for the Ph.D. It is a broad disciplinary degree that will provide students with the necessary tools to pursue interdisciplinary study at the Ph.D. level. Course work at the M.A. level aims to establish a comprehensive knowledge of French and Francophone literature, historically organized, as well as an acquaintance with linguistics, literary theory, and the techniques of literary scholarship. Successful completion of M.A. course work will serve as a platform for advanced doctoral study in our Ph.D. program. The minimum course requirements for the M.A. degree in French are 34 semester hours. In their second year of study, students' academic performance will be evaluated by faculty, and on that basis students will be encouraged to go on for the Ph.D. or to seek a terminal M.A. degree. Students doing a terminal M.A. will take M.A. examinations in their fourth and final semester of study. Students recommended for advancement to the Ph.D. program by the faculty will be granted the M.A. based on successful completion of 34 credit hours and on a research paper written for one of their courses and deemed to be of publishable quality by department faculty. These students will be accelerated to doctoral research and will begin their cycle of qualifying examinations during their third year of study.
All students are required to take French 615, French 621, and French 792. Students are also required to take at least two seminar courses in addition to French 792.
Students pursuing a terminal M.A. degree will write seven examinations, each of which will cover a period of French literature, Francophone studies, or linguistics. The examinations will take place during the last semester of study and will be administered in two sessions with one hour per exam, plus an hour at the end of each session for revision. The sessions will last 4 or 5 hours for 3 or 4 exams.
All students in the M.A. program will be expected to demonstrate reading competence in Arabic, Creole, Latin, German, Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese before the end of the spring semester of their second year. The department will consider students' petitions to have other languages accepted; acceptance will depend upon the student making a case for the usefulness of this language to his or her research.
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